Shopping, Fashion, Lookbook

Make your mornings easier with a capsule wardrobe

Taking minimalism to a new level

Most people would agree that they have a busy morning. Between packing lunch, personal hygiene, and getting ready for the day, worrying about your outfit might be the last thing on your list. I have this problem- and that’s why I’m a total convert to the capsule wardrobe movement!

I am not ashamed to say that my sense of style is lacking. Right now, I’m writing this article while wearing yoga pants, a hoodie from a construction company, and slippers. I actually wore this in public, to my job at a startup.

I’m thankful that my boss is relaxed when it comes to the dress code.

When I dress in my pajamas - I’m less motivated through the day. Meanwhile - when I actually wear pants with buttons, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I’m ready to go to work and seize the day. Click To Tweet

I believe in the idea of what you wear impacting how you feel about yourself and the world around you. When I dress in my pajamas – I’m less motivated throughout the day. Meanwhile – when I actually wear pants with buttons, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I’m ready to go to work and seize the day.

A capsule wardrobe is made up of clothes that, for the most part, all go together. It’s designed to make the maximum number of outfits, with very few pieces. There’s no more thinking about “what to wear.”

Here is the makeup of my capsule wardrobe.

Tops:

For tops, I wanted versatility. Given this was my first time building a capsule wardrobe, I focused on neutral colors that I could build several outfits from. I started with the basics, one white camisole, and one black camisole. I could wear these alone, under a cardigan or plaid t-shirt. I also had a black and white long-sleeved shirt. I picked these for cooler days and as a great option for layering.

For professional days, I selected a white button-down shirt and a black button-down shirt.

Next, I started to add some style and selected a black ¾ sleeve band shirt. I also picked a white graphic t-shirt and a white t-shirt with lace accents. I love the white lace shirt, because it can be dressed up with a blazer, or dressed down with blue jeans to really have a full look.

A woman wearing a white lace shirt and black jeans
[Image Description: A woman wearing a white lace shirt and black jeans.] Via Asos
I also added a black Dickie’s work shirt with a logo on the back, and my favorite flannel for a pop of color.

Bottoms:

I followed the same rules for my bottoms. I started with a sleek pencil skirt that allowed me to pair it with anything. In fact, one of my favorite outfits was my black band shirt and black skirt! It was a little femme, a little punk rock, and I got a lot of compliments.

A woman wearing a black pencil skirt with a white top and a purse.
[Image Description: A woman wearing a black pencil skirt with a white top and a purse.] Via Asos
I added black skinny jeans, and blue relaxed fit jeans, for days when I wanted to be more comfortable in what I was wearing.

Finally, I had two dresses- one with a simple pattern, and a little black dress that could be dressed up or down, depending on the jacket I picked.  Of course, no wardrobe is complete without leggings! I threw a pair of black leggings in there, just for good measure.

Jackets:

I carefully selected a few jackets that could put a look together and really dress up, or dress down the pieces I was wearing.

For an edgy style, I selected my leather jacket – which went well with a plain top, a white tee, or my little black dress! I liked that I could use this to turn a rather bland outfit into something totally different.

A woman wearing a leather jacket, white shirt and black pants.
[Image Description: A woman wearing a leather jacket, white shirt, and black pants.] Via Asos
Similarly, my denim jacket made an outfit more playful.

I found that a black blazer was quickly invaluable in the wardrobe, for if I wore a regular t-shirt, I felt underdressed. The blazer added sophistication to almost anything I wore, and really changed the way I saw blazers overall.

A woman wearing a black blazer, black slacks and a white shirt.
[Image Description: A woman wearing a black blazer, black slacks, and a white shirt. ] Via Asos
Finally, to stay warm in a freezing office – I picked a black and a light gray cardigan.

I found that a black blazer was quickly invaluable in the wardrobe, for if I wore a regular t-shirt, I felt underdressed. The blazer added sophistication to almost anything I wore, and really changed the way I saw blazers overall. Click To Tweet

Shoes:

Finally, the shoes. These also count towards your “30 items” that are in a capsule wardrobe. I always wear sneakers, but I upgraded to a nicer pair than what I usually wear. I also picked a pair of riding boots that I could wear with the skinny jeans, or leggings. The last piece was a pair of black flats, for a classy shoe option that could go with any outfit.

A black ballet flat.
[Image Description: A black ballet flat. ] Via Asos
After setting up this wardrobe, I found I could walk into the closet without lights on, pick out a top, bottom, and shoes, and look great. I wasn’t just ‘presentable’ but actually looked good, and felt good. Even my employees… Click To Tweet

After setting up this wardrobe, I found I could walk into the closet without lights on, pick out a top, bottom, and shoes, and look great. I wasn’t just ‘presentable’ but actually looked good, and felt good. Even my employees noticed – and asked me if I was going for a promotion!

If you want to make your mornings easier to go through, why not try building your own capsule wardrobe with pieces you already have? What’s there to lose?